Why Don’t We Have Better Leaders?

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We’ve spent the last 25 years reading management books, trotting out celebrity CEOs on CNBC, and hailing Jack Welch as a genius.

  • Why don’t we have better leaders?
  • Why isn’t employee engagement higher?
  • Why are employees ready to bolt?

You would think work would be better and more meaningful in 2010 than it was in the 1950s and 1960s.

Back then, we had centralized organizations and top-down management styles. People wore suits and worked for money. Passion and meaning? It’s for hippies and beatniks.

Off the cuff, I wonder if something in our collective consciousness broke when our culture began linking work, money, and meaning.

Wasn’t it easier when the boundaries were clearer?

Are we better off now — with debt, consumerism, and a mucked up employee/employer covenant and a free agency employment structure w/o health & welfare benefits — than we were in the 1950s and 1960s?

Hm.

Tell me what you think.

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